By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The friendly rivalry between former teammates, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and ex-Pats lineback and current Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, continued on the second day of joint practices between the teams.
And it’s clearly a rivalry the 42-year-old Brady does not plan on losing.
A day after Brady (jokingly) told Vrabel to pay attention to his own [poop] after Vrabel criticized Brady’s pace to the practice field, the New England quarterback and six-time Super Bowl champion decided to gift Vrabel a miniature trophy ‘honoring’ Vrabel’s team for their regular-season victory over the Patriots last season.
A day after Mike Vrabel’s 44th birthday and Patriots rookies sang happy birthday to him, Tom Brady shares a gift.— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) August 15, 2019
Per @jwyattsports, the small trophy Brady handed Vrabel had the score of last year’s game — #Titans 34, #Patriots 10 — on it.
Photo by @GeorgeWalkerIV: pic.twitter.com/dpC1N5Oljs
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to speak about that private moment,” Brady said of the trophy presentation. “But it was a nice gesture from me to him, and hopefully he appreciates it.”
How Vrabel ups this one this is anybody’s guess — nothing like a Super Bowl champion giving you the equivalent of a bowling birthday party trophy to acknowledge your Nov. 11 victory — but it’s just the latest edition of a “rivalry” rooted in mutual respect dating back to their days as pivotal pieces of New England’s first dynasty of the 21st century.
“I wouldn’t describe [the back and forth] as civil, but he’s been a good friend for a long time,” Brady said. “Obviously, he’s done a great job leading this team, and [I’m] proud of him, everything he’s accomplished. We all support him even though he’s coaching for another team. It was just really good work between these two teams who – you know, they took care of us pretty good last year – and we knew it was going to be competitive, so it’s been a good couple of days.”